Budget crunched, states push for more lenient sentencing

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April 3, 2011
Associated Press    
Posted in News, PND News

"As costs to house state inmates have soared, many conservatives are reconsidering a tough-on-crime era that has led to stiffer sentences, overcrowded prisons, and bloated correctional budgets. Budget deficits and steep drops in tax revenues in most states are forcing the issue, with law-and-order Republican governors and state legislators beginning to overhaul years of policies that were designed to lock up more criminals and put them away for longer periods of time." [editor's note: Start by releasing everyone doing time for non-violent, non-theft crimes; watch the numbers plummet - SAT] (04/03/11)


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